Central Okanagan  

Search & Rescue open house

The Central Okanagan Search and Rescue Society's open house is today (October 4) from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 4086 Old Vernon Road.

Team members will be putting on several displays and seminars for the whole family.

The society wants to make sure that any previous members and people, who they've helped rescue, will show up to help the group celebrate their 60th birthday.

Schedule of events:

  • 12 p.m.  Bear aware seminar
  • 1 p.m.  Rope team demonstration and/or a seminar on personal preparedness plans
  • 2 p.m.  First Aid demonstration
  • 3 p.m.  Tracking demonstration

The Central Okanagan Search and Rescue Society was established in 1954 (originally called Kelowna Search and Rescue) when a little girl wandered off while camping with her family.  There was no trained or organized group to search for her, so a band of people at the campsite took up the task.  Fortunately she was found, but the people involved became thoroughly convinced of the need for a search and rescue team. It was the caring people from that campsite who formed the nucleus of the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue team –now the oldest organized search and rescue group of its kind in BC. 

In 1997 Kelowna Search and Rescue and Westbank Search and rescue joined to create the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue team. This combined group of people are able to better serve the community by strengthen and becoming a more highly trained professional search and rescue service.




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